West Brom could look to Merseyside to replace influential centre-back Jonny Evans by bringing Liverpool reject Mamadou Sakho to the Hawthorns as his replacement, say BBC Sport. Sakho has been frozen out at Anfield but is yet to secure a move away from the club with only 11 days left in the transfer window.
What would he bring to the Hawthorns?
Sakho has proven that there is no problem with his quality on the field. He has impressed at both Liverpool and Crystal Palace with his strength and power. Better in the air than with the ball at his feet, he is a defender who cannot be bullied and is more than happy to lead a defence.
His attitude has caused doubts and led to his exclusion and isolation at Anfield, against the wishes of many fans. If any manager is to get him focused then it could be Tony Pulis, who would certainly not allow such a key player and substantial signing to give anything but 100%.
Is a move likely?
It could depend on if Jonny Evans is sold to Manchester City and whether West Brom would be willing to reinvest those funds straight into signing Sakho as a replacement. Even then, with City’s original bid only £18 million according to BBC Sport, they may need more cash to splash on top of that.
Liverpool have remained insistent that they will demand £30 million for the defender, say the Liverpool Echo, despite being disappointed by the interest shown in the former Paris Saint-Germain captain. That could prove to be a stumbling block in the deal as it would be more than double their current transfer record of £13 million spent on Nacer Chadli from Tottenham last summer.
For Sakho himself, the move should appeal. He did turn down a loan move to the midlands last summer after being told that he had no future at Anfield, again according to BBC Sport, but circumstances now are very different. Having impressed at Crystal Palace on loan but failed to attract any high profile interest, a move to West Brom could allow him to shine whilst remaining in the Premier League.